Union to kick off 2015 with March 7 home game vs. Colorado
For just the second time in team history, the Union will play their regular season opener on home soil. They'll host the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park on Saturday, March 7. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m., and I'm told the game is likely to be televised on WPVI-6.
A week later, the Union will head to the Wasatch Range to serve as the opponent for Real Salt Lake's home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, March 14. Kickoff for that game is set for 9:30 p.m.
The full 2015 Major League Soccer schedule isn't finalized yet, in part because of difficulties locking down dates for New York City FC games at Yankee stadium. I'm told the calendar won't be finished until mid-January. But we do know when each team's home opener will be.
As a reminder, 2015 marks the beginning of MLS' new eight-year, $720 million rights deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision. Full details of what you can expect to see from each network are here.
Here is the full slate of home openers across MLS, including national TV broadcast information for the U.S. and Canada.
10:00 p.m., UniMás: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire
3:00 p.m., RDS: D.C. United vs. Montréal Impact
4:00 p.m.,: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids
6:00 p.m., TSN1: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC
8:30 p.m.: Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew
Time TBA: FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Time TBA: Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake
5:00 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes: Orlando City vs. New York City FC
7:00 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes: Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls
9:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes: Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution
7:30 p.m.: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC
Time TBA: Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
9:30 p.m.: Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union
5:00 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes: New York City FC vs. New England Revolution
Time TBA: New England Revolution vs. Montréal Impact
Time TBA: Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC
5:00 p.m., ESPN2: New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
7:00 p.m., Fox Sports 1: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (the first game at Avaya Stadium, the Earthquakes' new home in Santa Clara, Calif.)
4:00 p.m.: Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City (at Olympic Stadium)
5:00 p.m., ESPN2 and TSN: Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (after renovations at BMO Field are complete)